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Lou Gehrig Patient Suffering Through Power Outage

Reported by: Send eMail Sean DeLancey
Reported: Jun. 11, 2014 10:23 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 12, 2014 10:45 AM EDT
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Cabell Power Outage
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

Power outages can be inconvenient for many, but for some it could be a matter of life and death.

Bunita Jani of Huntington has lived with Lou Gehrig's Disease for years.

"I have some electric gadgets," Jani said, "They stimulate my hands and nerves. It cannot work, because the power is not there."

Those "gadgets" send electric pulses into her muscles to ensure they don't atrophy and wither.

Without them, Jani's physical condition will continue to deteriorate.

She also has a respirator deficiency, making it hard for her to breathe warm air.

Without air conditioning, she said she finds it difficult to breathe.

"I have to have light air. That means air conditioning has to be here," Jani said.

Jani said she can't even go to a hotel due to the cumbersome equipment she would have to bring with her.

Jani's said AEP told her she should have power back by at midnight Friday.

She said she hopes it will return sooner.



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